Catholic Charities Gearing Up for Increased Summer Demand for Food Assistance

With school out in Central Florida, students who are eligible to receive free and reduced lunch will now be losing at least one important meal.  The start of summer brings an increase of families searching for food assistance at local food pantries.

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With school out in Central Florida, students who are eligible to receive free and reduced lunch will now be losing at least one important meal.

The start of summer brings an increase of families searching for food assistance at local food pantries.

Brenda Reddout, Director of Alleviating Hunger, Catholic Charities of Central Florida, is asking the community to step up to the plate and increase donations to meet the increased need.

“The summer season is always a time when food insecurity hits an all-time high,” said Reddout. “It’s a triple storm of hardship. No free lunches, fewer donations because of summer travel plans and more families needing help.”

Agape Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, serves a network of nearly 200 partner agencies. They specialize in providing nutritious food to residents who are high risk for food insecurity.

The donations will go a long way to ending hunger.

“Every box, bag and can of food counts. They all make a difference and help us to prevent one more person from going to sleep hungry,” said Kim Long, director of Agape Food Bank.

The most needed food items are canned goods, including: meat (tuna, chicken, etc.), soups (beef stew, chicken noodle, etc.), veggies (green beans, corn, etc.), fruit (peaches, pears, etc.), pasta (whole wheat), rice and beans, dry cereal, shelf stable milk and peanut butter. Items that are easy for children to open are preferred and no glass items, please.

Food Bank and Pantry Locations:

Semoran Food Pantry

1771 N. Semoran Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32807
407-658-1818

Agape Food Bank

625 McCue Road Unit 2
Lakeland, FL 33815
863-665-7074

Lakeland Food Pantry

1801 E. Memorial Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33801
863-686-7153

Winter Haven Food Pantry

532 Ave. M. NW.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
863-299-7983

Volusia County Food Pantry

207 White Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
386-255-6521 

Brevard County Food Pantry

5145 N. Cocoa Blvd.
Cocoa, FL 32927
321-338-2986  

Also, check your local parish for food pantries.